The prospect of cooking with your kids could end in one of two ways—either with a well-cooked meal or a destroyed kitchen! But the sheer enthusiasm and excitement your children are showing have inspired you to embark on this journey with an optimistic point of view!
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But how do you even begin?
For starters, narrow down your recipe choices to more basic options. Even if your kid shows promise as a burgeoning cook, you can’t expect them to maintain interest when you’re making a grand, five-course meal! So instead, make it three-course: appetizer, main dish, and dessert!
And remember, safety first! Here are some basic recipes that will be easy to make for you and your kids!
Appetizer – Pineapple Habanero Cheese Ball
Creamy, tangy, and packed with all sorts of flavorful goodness, these cheese balls pack a punch, and a little bit of heat! Covered in bacon and cheddar and served with bagel chips and crackers, this recipe is essentially a dump-and-mix and roll-and-chill!
In other words, your kids will have no chance of messing it up, unless they end up nicking the cheese and pineapples away when you’re not looking. But hey, they’re kids.
Main Course – Chicken, Chorizo, & Shrimp Paella
A hefty meal that’ll definitely bring on some post-meal drowsiness, this dish fills the stomach and the heart! A great recipe if you’re looking to repurpose your leftover veggies and protein, this colorful meaty rice dish gives you a little bit of everything in each bite.
With its tangy tomato and spicy rice, succulent shrimp, and tender chicken—not to mention a bottom layer which is the most tantalizing part—this meal serves as a worthy reward for your kids’ hard work!
Dessert – Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars
A great way of sneaking in some healthy fruits into your kids’ diet, these fresh-fruit-and-cream bars are strawberry shortcake ice cream bars recipe with a twist.
With their flavorful pink and white cookie crumb-like texture on a creamy vanilla coating, all wrapped around a strawberry sorbet, this dessert will even have the adults salivating for another serving!
Bonus Dessert – Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
If your kids have been extra good during your cooking adventure, give them an extra treat with these 5-ingredient peanut butter cookies. Chewy and soft but slightly crunchy too, and full of peanut-buttery goodness, these cookies will make the perfect treat for their school lunches as well!
Use the above recipes for starters so your kids can get interested in cooking. Then follow the other recipes at Eats by the Beach and make this parent-child bonding time a monthly event. Let’s bring the family closer!